Speaker For The Dead by Orson Scott Card, is the second book in the Ender series. Like it’s best-selling predecessor Ender’s Game (the first in the series), it won both the Hugo and the Nebula, both of which are highly coveted awards. Compared to it’s predecessor, this book spends more time on the emotional and philosophical than the action-packed. Both have their place, and it is extremely telling that Mr. Card can do both with such skill.
The book begins thousands of years after the original, but Ender is still only 35. He has been jumping from planet to planet speaking for the Dead, essentially telling the hard truth about the dead from an outsider’s perspective; but with the Modus Operandi that all have redeeming characteristics, which can be discovered by finding what they set out to do in life. This time travel has taken it’s toll: he’s been going the speed of light, so he hasn’t been aging at the same speed as everyone else, hence the age difference.
At the start it gets right to the point. He has been working as a professor, but little does anyone suspect that he is Ender The Xenocide. A name which has become an epithet, while the name Speaker For The Dead is highly respected; A continuation of the Speaker’s axiom that all people have both good and bad characteristics. He has been called to speak the death of a man, but little does he know he’ll be engaged in intrigue soon. I will not divulge anything more for fear of ruining all joy from the book but I will leave an interesting fact that may whet the appetite of those who read Ender’s Game: The game, wherein Ender has slain the giant, has now created a character which is actually a close personal friend of Ender.
Bottom Line, it’s an excellent book, but don’t go in with the preconception that this book is exactly the same as Ender’s Game. It is not, and you may not like it if your enjoyment of the book hinges upon it being every bit as action packed.Powered by Sidelines